[THE BLOGGING DIARIES] Tips For New Book Bloggers (Ft. Other Book Bloggers)

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I am horrible at giving tips.

I really am. As soon as I got the idea for this post, I realized I couldn’t even think of any. That’s probably because I blog without even thinking of my process, and once I’m forced to, it’s hard to explain (like, writing up my tutorials was SO MUCH WORK). So, I thought it’d be better to ask my fellow bloggers what advice they’d give to a newbie book blogger, and I got a lot of it, so I decided to compile it all into one post. Hopefully, if any new book blogger stumbles across this, it’ll help them on their blogging journey! And a huge thanks to all those who gave advice!

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“Adopt your own blogging voice. Don’t copy other bloggers’ writing style. If you write elegantly, write like that. You don’t always go ALL CAPS LOCK and fangirl all the time. If you have a specific type of blogging voice, it’s easier to stand out. Don’t be afraid to let YOU shine through your blog – that’s the best bit about your blog.” – My Bookish Life

“Don’t get caught up with stats, take it at your own pace, and talk about what you want to talk about.” – Allonsythornraxxbooks

“Do it for your first: Your love for books is what started you down this path.” – Jessica’s Reading Room

“You don’t have to follow every blog that follows your blog; it will get overwhelming. Also, try not to feel guilty for not following back.” – Inside My Minds

“Don’t stress about followers and stats. If you enjoy blogging, then that’s all that matters!” – Kirsty Chronicles

“Comment on lots of posts to get yourself out there! By interacting with lots of people, you’ll get noticed quickly and find yourself gaining followers at a speedy rate!” – Book Bum

“Read books! Give your honest opinion and rant because ranting is incredibly fun to read.” – Genuine Perplexities

“Just keep posting like you have an audience, and eventually you will.” – Bella Blogs Because Books

“Don’t be afraid to get creative and use your voice – even if you think no one will ever read it, your words are never wasted.” – The Story Salve

“COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT! I had 40 followers for forever until I started getting more active in the blogging community and talking to people. Plus, now I have a tone of new friends!” – Write Through the Night

“Do your blog your way not the way others say a book blog should be. Just be yourself.” – The Whimsical Words of an Agreeable Bookworm

“Come up with and write content that YOU would want to read on another blog. If it’s boring to your, it’s likely boring to your readers.” – Forever and Everly

“Be passionate and don’t be afraid to speak with your unique voice. It is easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same sort of posts as everyone else, but in truth what matters is that you’re happy with what you are posting. If something is making you lose that passion burning inside you, then it’s time to lose that thing. Don’t do posts just to please the masses, but to please yourself. When you develop that loyal readership that loves the things that you love, then you know you’re doing what’s best for you and you can be proud of what you have. This community can be daunting, but don’t be afraid to speak out and contact others. Starting conversations is the best thing you could ever do.” – The Book Raven

“Keep trying. Keep reaching out to other bloggers, keep posting, keep doing what you enjoy above all else.” – Reading Every Night

“Get out there and spread yourself out there – the best way I started to connect with others was through commenting on their blogs and checking out new ones. Also, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Don’t blog just to blog, but make sure you enjoy doing it.” – Book Princess Reviews

“Be yourself, connect, and have fun.” – Lost in a Story

“Participate in the community. Go out and comment on other blogs and share your love of books.” – Pages Unbound

“I would say make sure to post as regularly as possible and try figuring out how often you can post without exhausting yourself. And visit as many blogs as possible and get to know new fellow book lovers!” – Reading Through the Nights

“Everyone experiences the same feelings of stress and worrying about their blog, no matter how long they’ve been doing this. It’s okay to take breaks, and feel discouraged. Just don’t let it get you down! I promise you’ll find your blogging stride!” – Bookish Things and Tea

“Be patient and put in quality over quantity.” – The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

“Don’t feel stressed to post five times a week or anything. Yes, your blog does grow a bit slower if you post less, but you also don’t get burned out quickly either.” – Quartzfeather

“Try to show your personality in your posts and upload consistently.” – Bookish Sins and Wins

“I’m very new in this, but what I’m trying now is to write some posts so that the people that visit your blog could have an idea of what you do, follow fellow bloggers that you’re interested in, and try to make friends!” – Shades 0f Paper

“Just do it!” – Engrossed in a Good Book

“Be positive and open.” – Book Reader Always

“Be creative, original, and yourself. Most of all, don’t be afraid of the publish button. Mistake will happen, it’s okay. There is a lot to learn and plenty of time to do it.” – Green Onion

“Try to follow as many people as you can and comment on their posts.” – A Dance Between Pages

“Post what you want and not what others expect of you.” – Perks of Being a Book Nerd

“Don’t be afraid to start book blogging and getting your opinions out to other people. Don’t feel obligated to post either, just post when you want to or when have an idea, make a post.” – Unicorns Read Too

“Try to post regularly.” – The Underground Bookdom

“Just dive in! I spent months debating whether or not I wanted to start a blog. When I finally did, I was so mad at myself for waiting!” – Erica Robyn Reads

“Have fun! Your blog isn’t supposed to be dull and boring or something you’re forced to do.” – Autumn of 2003

“Write what you love, not what you think is popular.” – Chasm of Books

“Comment on other blogs’ posts.” – Xoodle Books

“Enjoy it!” – Book Birds

“Get involved.” – Papertrail Rambles

“Create a unique voice and look at a lot of other blogs to get an inspiration or model.” – Blots of Ink and Words

“Try to be on a posting schedule and although keeping an eye on numbers isn’t a bad thing, make sure it doesn’t affect your feelings about blogging.” – Heather’s Reading Hideaway

“Consistency is key!…and fun.” – Scribbler’s Cloud

“Be yourself and post what you’d want to read, now what everyone else is posting!” – A Biblio Love Affair

“Just do it; post things that you’re interested in and you will attract a following.” – Reading Through the Night

“Always be true to your content, and try to do the best work you can.” – Chelle’s Book Ramblings

“Ohh, there’s so much. I think my main piece of advice would be to stay genuine. It’s easy to compare yourself and fall into a path of doing what everyone else is doing, bu you shouldn’t do that. Your blog should reflect you, your personality, your interests. Even if you only get one comment on something, but you loved writing that post, it was something you LOVED and you connected with ONE person – which is amazing…Probably to not be too hard on themselves. It’s supposed to be fun. You don’t have to be strict. If you need help, ask because we’re all friendly! If you can’t figure out what to talk about, look at what other people are doing for inspiration.” – Molly’s Book Nook

“I’m still kind of a new blogger myself, but I would tell another to not get too overwhelmed! There is so much to do when building a book blog, but know it is okay to take breaks and get it all done slowly, one thing at a time!” – Books and Bling Blog

“Don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers! And feel free to experiment with your blog (design, posts, etc.) until you find something that works for you. Do what makes you happy. <3” – Book Snacks

“It’s so easy to think you can finish a book and write a review later. The longer you wait, the harder it is to write, trust me.” – The Written Word(s)

“Make sure to have a notebook or your phone with you at all times in case you get a post idea and need to write it down. I guess to also don’t expect to understand everything in the book blogging world and to have people see your stuff straight away. It takes time and you will constantly be learning. But make sure you don’t stress too much and to ask the community for help if you don’t know how to do something! Seek other book bloggers for help!” – Stories and Spoons

“Have a list of blog ideas for scheduling. The more the better, so you can surf and pick one that suits your current writing mood.” – Liliana N Bookish Blog

“To have fun with it! It sounds cliche but that’s the most important thing to me.” – Beaucoup Books

“Don’t quit. I started numerous blogs before this one, and always gave up on them. This is the first time I’m truly enjoying my content. Just stick with it and be persistent.” – Inside My Library Mind

“I’m a booktuber, but one piece of advice I would have for anyone joining the community would be to make friends.” – GABBYABOOKS

“Don’t stress with posting everyday. Just have fun with it. Never compare your blog with others. Just do your blog for yourself and have fun.” – A Bella Fairytale

“My biggest tip is to not overload on posts and ARCs. Posting a couple of times a week is best!” – LILbooKlovers

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46 thoughts on “[THE BLOGGING DIARIES] Tips For New Book Bloggers (Ft. Other Book Bloggers)

  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that you combined all of our advice into a post like this! Such a unique idea. This was from the PBBLB sign-up form, right? 😛 I agree with all of these tips — especially the ones about being yourself and not trying to copy others. You set yourself and your blog apart by staying true to you!

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  2. So much amazing advice and I’m definitely saving this post. I’m always learning new things and I think I will even if I blog for 100 years!

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  4. Aww yay, thanks for including me!

    These are some great tidbits of advice from amazing bloggers. I like that a lot of us said variations on the idea that it doesn’t matter who’s reading or if no ones reading, to just keep doing it and keep finding your voice and write about what you want to write about. I definitely found even this last month that when I started writing more posts that I’d want to read, I’ve gotten a lot more feedback – and the stats have followed.

    Thanks for sharing this Mikaela! I’m really enjoying your “Blogging Diaries” series of posts! ❤

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    • No problem! ❤

      That’s so true! When I started writing posts that I was happy with and I was excited to post, it became infectious and more people started reading my blog! I think that’s really key! Even if a post doesn’t do as well as I thought it would, it was so fun writing it that I don’t mind as much as I used to when I first started out!

      I’m so glad! I love this series, too! 😄

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  5. I LOVE this post Mikaela, it’s such a great way to spread some advice for newbie bloggers out there and it’s great seeing all these blogs featured as well. Thanks for featuring me, I loved reading what everyone else came up with as well. 🙂
    I’m sure this will be really helpful for any newbie bloggers out there, if I’d found this when I was just starting out it would have been incredibly helpful to me as well. 😀 ❤

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  6. I just have to say this and get it out of my chest , you are by far my favorite blogger and I’m so thankful that I found you today! You keep it real and tell it as it is , you provided the realest and most helpful advice and information . you made me know what I want from my blog and how to get to know other people here , so thank you ! I needed to find your blog

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  7. I hope you’re really proud of this blog post (and the rest of your blog), you helped a bunch of people out with this post. This post will have even helped out older bloggers, it was really cool that you got advice from multiple bloggers!

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  8. I’m so thankful I found your blog not even ten minutes ago. Already obsessed with your blog and all your posts about being a new book blogger have made me want to continue doing this because I want to, not because of the stats. I notice that I tend to obsess over the stats more than the people I actually reach and this has totally changed my perspective. Much Love❤️

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